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Possibly related to plurality: Has anybody heard of Scanners (in terms of people)?
A Scanner is "someone fascinated by so many areas she can't settle for only one."
I'm not a big fan of labelling here, but it actually helped a lot of people. Barbara Sher coined the term and wrote a fair bit on it.
"To Scanners the world is like a big candy store full of fascinating opportunities, and all they want is to reach out and stuff their pockets."
"It sounds wonderful, doesn't it? The problem is, Scanners are starving in the candy store. They believe they're allowed to pursue only one path. But they want them all. If they force themselves to make a choice, they are forever discontented. But usually Scanners don't choose anything at all. And they don't feel good about it."
@teatime Oh man this is 100% us. Too many subjects fascinate us, and some of us have very specific interests. As a result, we all know more about a certain subject because one person in the system took a shine to it. It’s great to know that there’s a word for this.
@setsuna Barbara has a couple of helpful words on how to better deal with "being a Scanner". I read her book Refuse to Choose and can really recommend it. (Not affiliated.)
One insight I gained was to follow my interests sequentially, not in parallel, but in a planned mannor over the course of months or years. That requires a bit of planning ahead, but that worked for me. I felt less like running in circles before, but then could actually do some things I wanted.
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